Burnaby Fire Dept. crews quickly extinguished a three-alarm fire at Burnaby General Hospital that broke out in a basement level utility room late Sunday evening.
Crews were called to the hospital, located at 3935 Kincaid Street, shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday, arriving to see heavy smoke pouring from several doors and windows.
Burnaby Deputy Fire Chief Chris Bowcock tells Global News arriving firefighters were able to make an aggressive attack on the basement level, once hospital staff had cleared the area of patients to allow firefighters wide berth to fight the flames.
Bowcock says the fire was restricted to the basement level and did not spread further, though a fair amount of smoke spread to other areas of the building.
Shelter buses parked near the hospital accommodated an unknown number of evacuated patients while crews fought the blaze. Bowcock says fire crews will be assisting hospital staff to determine what affected patient areas of the hospital may be suitable for the patients to return, and when.
Hospital staff and Burnaby Fire Dept. will also co-ordinate any possible relocation of patients, pending an assessment of the smoke-affected areas and their suitability for the patients’ return.
Deputy Chief Bowcock says fire investigators will be probing the exact cause of the fire over the next 24-48 hours.
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